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Pirates of the Airwaves (2014)

Radio Hauraki, New Zealand's pirate radio station, operated in international waters from 1966-70, enduring storms, shipwrecks, financial woes, bureaucratic harassment and personal tragedy. This is the real story of NZ's 'boat that rocked'.

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Charlie Haskell
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Cast

Credited cast:
Cohen Holloway ... David Gapes
Ryan O'Kane ... Derek Lowe
Michael Whalley ... Denis 'Doc' O'Callahan
Andrew Robertt ... William Cullen
Ashley Jones ... Chris Prouse
Benedict Wall ... Rick Grant
Leon Wadham ... Paul Lineham
Ruby Love ... Loraine McArthur
Ben Van Lier ... Ian Magan
Benjamin Murray Benjamin Murray ... Chris Parkinson
Daniel Cleary ... Jack Scott (as Dan Cleary)
Thiago Moraes ... Marketing Agent
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Radio Hauraki, New Zealand's pirate radio station, operated in international waters from 1966-70, enduring storms, shipwrecks, financial woes, bureaucratic harassment and personal tragedy. This is the real story of NZ's 'boat that rocked'.

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radio | pirate | hauraki | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

2014 (New Zealand) See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Production Co:

Lippy Pictures See more »
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This is what TV should be like!
8 November 2015 | by jocajoshSee all my reviews

I recently reviewed "Funny Girls" as what NZ TV shouldn't be - and then stumbled upon an example of what it should be - this great gem of a TV movie! Although it is a mix of documentary and acting, it's slick storyline and excellent comedic timing makes an enthralling watch - think of it as a docu-comedy. It basically follows the story of NZ's first pirate radio, bringing a modern commercial station to the country to challenge the NZBC - a BBC type dinosaur which wouldn't play commercial music. It shows what the country was like before it merged into the modern world - faceless bureaucrats in walk-shorts. It would have made an excellent work of fiction had it not been based on true events. I really urge people to watch what NZ TV can be - first class, entertaining and funny


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